March 14, 2017

Several readers have suggested Grace does an interview, and as I'm seriously considering writing another book in the Resurrection series, it seemed like a good idea to reacquaint myself with my favourite character.  I've just re-read State of Grace, the first in the se...

September 22, 2016

The Welsh National Anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers), is amongst the finest anthems of the world and a song steeped in history. It was written by Evan James and his son James, two modest tradesmen living at Pontypridd in the mid nineteenth century. Every...

January 1, 2016

Here's hoping 2016 will bring you everything you wish for xxxx

August 11, 2015

Caerphilly castle is practically right on my doorstep and it's one of the most impressive castles in Britain - the largest in Wales and the second largest in the UK after Windsor.

      Built by Gilbert de Clare in 1268 to stop Llewelun ap Gruffudd's southward ambitions...

July 12, 2015

Cawl is a traditional Welsh stew and depending on your location in Wales, cawl will be made in many ways.  If you are inland or up in the hills you will get served lamb or mutton cawl where as on the coast you will get seafood cawl. Here is a recipe for a traditional l...

July 4, 2015

Prince Llywelyn of Gwynedd's favourite dog is Gelert, a fearless hunting dog and loyal friend and companion who was said to have been a gift from King John of England.

Llywelyn leaves his baby son with a nurse and a servant while he embarks on a hunting trip with his wi...

June 9, 2015

Bara Brith translates to ‘speckled bread’ and is a rich fruit loaf made with tea.Yes - tea. Produced all over Wales, the spiced fruit loaf is delicious when spread with salted Welsh butter.


  • 450G/1lb self raising flour

  • 1tsp mixed spice

  • 175g/6oz M...

March 7, 2015

A lovely lady called Kimi C interviewed me on her blog earlier this week. Check it out - I think she's done a great job (okay, I might be slightly biased...), and she's also got a great blog.
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February 24, 2015

I'm not letting my husband read The Times again; it gives him ideas. Yesterday started off as normal, when he turned to the culture pages, looked at the Sunday Times best sellers lists, stabbed a finger at the fiction lists and quipped, 'Just checking out the competiti...

December 22, 2014

I am reading alot of novels by US authors at the moment, whether beta reading, reviewing or for fun, but there are a few things that I just don't get.
Collard greens - what on earth are those? Tea with cream - that's so very wrong: it's tea with milk! And gravy with bi...

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